Are you a sport person, specially badminton? Well, if you are then you will enjoy knowing these facts about badminton. Every things has a hidden facts behind its origination, similarly badminton has its own amazing facts as presented below;
1. Badminton is a LOT more intense than tennis
Generally, the more priority is given to tennis than badminton as badminton is often referred to as the poor cousin of tennis, but nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, the speed and the stamina required for badminton is far greater than any other racket sport.
2. The Asian domination of the sport borders on the
Since its inclusion in the Olympics in 1992, Asian players have won a staggering 42 out of the 46 Olympic medals.
The most successful badminton countries in the world are China and Indonesia, who have won 70% of all BWF events between them.
The Thomas Cup, the men’s world team championships, has been won by only three countries since it began in 1948 – Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
The only time the Uber Cup, the women’s world team championships, was won outside Asia was by the USA in 1957, 1960 and 1963; the other holders are China, Indonesia, Japan and more recently South Korea.
3. Badminton is the 2nd most popular sport in the world
4. A badminton match once lasted just 6 minutes
The shortest badminton match ever recorded was at the 1996 Uber Cup in Hong Kong, which lasted all of six minutes! Ra Kyung-min (South Korea) crushed Julia Mann (England) 11-2, 11-1 in that match.
The longest match on the other hand lasted 124 minutes, and was contested between Peter Rasmussen (Denmark) and Sun Jun (China). Rasmussen won that encounter 16-17, 18-13, 15-10.
5. A shuttlecock that weighs 2,500 kg exists
The average shuttlecock weighs between 4.74 to 5.5 grams, the best of which are made from the feathers of the left wing of a goose.
16 feathers are used in the manufacture of a shuttle. During a top-level match 10 shuttles are used, with each being hit roughly 400 times.
7. The strings of badminton racquets are made from the stomach linings of cats
While over the years, most of the players have started using synthetic strings, some players still use guts made from the dried stomach lining of animals like cats or cows.
8. Badminton was initially played with the players’ feet
A game called Ti Zian Ji was played by the Chinese originally, which is the forerunner of badminton. In this sport, the players used their feet instead of racquets to hit the shuttlecock!
9.The shuttlecock originated from a pen stand
Originally, badminton was called ‘shuttlecock’.
The Duke of Beaufort used to host parties at his Badminton House in 1873, where his guests were invited to play a game with shuttlecocks, and that is where its official name was born.